Restorative Yoga

I want to suggest just one tiny thing.  Restorative yoga has helped me so much.  It’s a very special kind of yoga where you are taught different poses supported by props.  If something doesn’t feel good, you just have to raise your hand and they will help you adjust.

  The whole point of restorative yoga is to slow your mind down and focus on your breathing and be comfortable.  I do it twice a week and a flow class once per week.  My friend Sandy got me into restorative when I lived in Florida. My favorite prop is the bolster.

You can get a nice one from amazon at a reasonable price if you’re comfortable shopping online.  The softest one I found was on amazon and it’s called the Manduka Enlight.  They look different if you use the ones the studio provides, and aren’t quite as soft. You can get a nice one from amazon at a reasonable price if you’re comfortable shopping online.  The softest one I found is They look different if you use the ones the studio provides, and aren’t quite as soft.

  I’m not going to bore you with a definition of restorative yoga or tell you about several poses because everyone has different preferences of what they like.  My current favorite is “stonehenge”.  You take one bolster and put it on your mat with two blocks under the bolster and you rest your feet on top of the bolster.  You can have a blanket for your head and a blanket for extra support for your back on top of your mat. 

“Shavasana” is the final pose in almost any yoga class.  It’s known as corpse pose because you are lying down flat or with props and everyone is very still and quiet after you get it set up and some people even fall asleep!  Your eyes are closed and some folks use eye masks.  You hold this position for five to ten minutes.  Some instructors give suggestions for shavasana, others say you can choose your favorite.  Only private studios have restorative.  Traditional gyms only have gentle and more advanced yoga classes. 

Online & Other sources for new students

https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/7-restorative-poses-rest-busy-winter-holiday-season

2 Videos that have helped me understand the basics of regular yoga, and some poses I’ve done in restorative yoga

Yoga For Dummies

Yoga Journal Yoga for Well-Being With Jason Crandell: 3 short sequences for Restful Sleep, Greater Energy, and Mental Clarity

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